AAP MLAs Rakhi Birla and Rituraj Jha found themselves in the eye of a controversy on Wednesday night after a scuffle allegedly broke out between their workers and a group protesting against a murder in Jha’s Kirari constituency.
The incident took place just outside the venue of Birla’s birthday celebrations at her residence.
Videos of the incident, aired on various news channels, show a group holding placards protesting government inaction in a murder case of one Gurudas in Kirari. The protesters alleged that Gurudas was “kidnapped from his residence and later found murdered and that Jha was shielding the accused”.
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The AAP, after consulting with its two MLAs, said the allegations were baseless and that the protesters were part of a gambling den that Jha was acting against.
“He has launched a drive against them and they followed him to the private event and wanted to barge in. There was only a disagreement and no brawl took place,” an AAP spokesperson said.
Meanwhile, images of a brand new Mahindra Scorpio circulated on social media platforms with allegations that Birla had been “gifted” the car.
In response, the AAP produced registration papers of the vehicle (DL 10CT 1798), which showed that the car was purchased by one Akhil Pratap Singh, an AAP volunteer who had also attended Birla’s birthday party.
An AAP spokesperson said, “The car was newly purchased by a volunteer who was at the celebration. This is mischief caused by someone.”